2012 Sugarloaf Cabernet Sauvignon
Toasty notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and licorice give way to aromas of cherry, violets, blackberries and cassis. Cherry liquor, blackberry and plum flavors on the palate maintain a sharp focus with freshness, good acidity and fine tannins. This substantial Cabernet has a long, complex finish and will develop further over the coming years in bottle. Drink now or cellar for 8-10 years.
Located very south Napa Valley between Carneros and Coombsville, the vineyard sits on a volcanic rocky bench, in a cooler climate widely influenced by the bay. In this very cool area grapes take longer to ripen and require considerable hang time. Standing in this beautiful vineyard, one can see the most northern part of the San Francisco Bay. Sugarloaf has a great tannin composition supporting large shoulders and volume. The wine is perfectly ripe yet expressing fresh aromas and soft acidity. 2012 sugarloaf is one of the most European expression of cabernet sauvignon from our line of single vineyards. Definitively a laydown bottle with great aging potential. Approachable early with some good decanting.